Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Finish Well

I love our walk. I have walked these little country road for more years than I care to remember. When my daughter was little, she rode her bike as I walked (she wasn't crazy about the hills, but I wasn't about to leave her home alone). I traveled the length of the road alone when she started school and years later was joined by a friend, newly arrived in the neighborhood. These days I share the walk with my husband.

We like it because the hills challenge us, because it is peaceful and quiet (for the most part), and simply because it is ours. We begin with this little uphill stretch, getting us warmed up right from the start.



Then it levels out a bit just before the first big hill. I don't walk as rapidly as I once did, but I push myself hard - not allowing my pace to slow when the pavement slopes upward. For three miles I work hard.

It is tempting when I reach that level stretch that leads down the hill to home, to slow my steps. I think about taking it slow and enjoying the sights and sounds of the countryside. It is then that I whisper to myself, "Finish well Linda." I push myself through the last stretch.

As I whispered those words the other day, they took on new meaning. I thought of the verse that says:

"The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." [Psalms 90:10]

If that were to be literally true in my life, I would have only seven years left - seventeen at the most. I confess to feeling a little frightened at the thought.

The years slip by so quickly. There is still so much I want to do and see. More importantly, had I lived the previous ones well and would I do all that the Father had planned for me in the time left?

I want to finish well - to live each day to the fullest. I want to see with His eyes and walk in the path He has chosen for me. I don't know what those days will hold, or how many of them the Lord has allotted to me; not one of us does. I do know that He has written my story, and I want to live it well.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing."
II Timothy 4: 7,8

Blessings,
Linda

13 comments:

  1. it would be good to finish well.
    love the pattern of the shade on the road.

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  2. How great that you have such a nice quiet place for your walk - and that you push yourself. I don't like hills, but the doctor told me I needed to add some to my workout.

    Good thoughts as usual!

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  3. Hi Linda!
    Your walk looks so lovely, fresh, peaceful.
    I love it when the road is tree lined like that!
    To me, it's heavenly.

    Your thoughts are like mine in this, Linda. Your scripture also reminds me of this one:
    "Therefore.... let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us!"
    I get a lot of encouragement from this. Thank you for the reminder to make this journey toward God and with God ...
    Blessings and JOY to you ~
    *Maria

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  4. Wonderful thoughts, Linda.....

    There are times, though, when I allow myself to slow down and look around,rest even, because sometimes I forget to open my eyes and see the miracles I would have missed. I have always thought that getting the cardio workout is easier on a treadmill when there is nothing to distract me, and then getting pleasure is from walking outdoors. Slight flaw in that plan is that I do not have a treadmill, so the battle between the 2 continues round here!

    But I always try to start well and to finish well!

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  5. Yes! And to think that one day we'll (hopefully) hear, "Well done, my good & faithful servant..." Is there really anything batter than that??!

    Keep walking, Linda.. you're an inspiration!

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  6. You certainly do have a beautiful road
    to walk there in the country. I wish I
    did. Walking in the city just doesn't
    do it for me, though I continue to do
    so.
    Once again, you have encouraged me with
    your wonderful way with words.
    Richest blessings,
    Sandy

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  7. Linda--in our old church--I say that because the "old" church has been converted to Children's Church and they built a new Sanctuary--but in the old church...in the old days, we had Wednesday Night Testimony Service--which is much like "Thankful Thursday"...my uncle Cecil said many times--"IF we hear Him say, "Well done good and faithful servant"--then we will have to DO WELL." That is my heart's desire---do well---for HIM.

    I loved this post! You spoke to my heart and reminded me of some sweet memories...and it's not too far off when we meet "over there"....I believe with all my heart!

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  8. What a great walk that must be. You are in much better shape than me to be able to do those hills....and hot. Isn't it hot?
    My walk can be so varied. Some days I walk a ways down our towns main street and end up at Chipotles. I might even go in and buy some guacamole.
    I love your thoughts on finishing well. How ever long we have left...just finish well (o:.... then fly away (o:

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  9. I hear you. Some days I think about that "threescore and ten" and calculate - if that holds true for me - that I've lived more days than I have left. Finishing strong is on my mind a lot these days.

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  10. oh Linda, keep writing... you have so much to teach. and i learn hard. thank you for taking me on this walk....

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  11. This was simply beautiful. We walk our girls to and from school and it has become so familiar...each plant, each house we pass, each hill. I will see it with new eyes tomorrow after reading this lovely post.

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  12. Linda, I am so glad I was able to stop by today and read this. I, too, seek to walk in the path that the Lord has chosen for me; I just can't quite figure out what that path is.

    Thank you for sharing your heart with us, and sharing your walk too. What a beautful place you have to enjoy a walk. Sending {hugs} to you!

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  13. Linda, I am so envious of your meeting Earlene Fowler - I'd love to visit with her and Debbie Macomber sometime. Both are fine Christian ladies who write such fun books.

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